Mammography plays a central part in the early detection of breast cancers because it can show changes in the breast up to two (02) years before a patient or physician can feel them. Research has shown that annual mammograms above age forty (40) can lead to early detection of breast cancers, when they are curable and breast-conservation therapies are available.
Diagnostic mammography is used to evaluate a patient with abnormal clinical findings such as a breast lump or lumps that have been found by the patient or her doctor. Diagnostic mammography may also be done after an abnormal screening mammography in order to determine the cause of the area of concern on the screening exam.
Benefits of Undergoing Mammography
- Imaging of the breast improves a physician’s ability to detect small tumors. When cancers are small,the woman has more treatment options and a cure is more likely
- The use of screening mammography increases the detection of small abnormal tissue growth confined to the milk ducts in the breast, called ductal carcinama in situ (DCIS). These early tumors cannot harm patients if they are removed at this stage and mammography is the only proven method to reliably detect these tumors.It is also useful for detecting all other types of breast cancer, including invasive ductal and invasive Lobular Cancer
- Where need be mammographic studies are complimented by Ultrasound of breast
- Screening Mammography
- Diagnostic Mammography
- Needle Localization
- Service is provided by dedicated female Technologists under supervision of a female Radiologist